Lucian Bute
Lucian Bute

Lucian Bute

“Le Tombeur”

RECORD

32 - 5 - 0

KOs

25

Weight 168 lbs (76.36 kg)

Age 37

Home Laval, Quebec, CAN 

Complete Stats

Romanian-born southpaw Lucian Bute once ruled the 168-pound division, and now the former world champion is looking to take it back. Read Bio

Last Fight

loss vs Eleider Alvarez

Feb 24, 2017 / Centre Videotron, Quebec City, Canada

Bute was stopped in the fifth round of the 175-pound title eliminator.

Latest News

Latest
Badou Jack and Lucian Bute
May 1, 2016 / Jack vs Bute, Badou Jack, Lucian Bute

Badou Jack holds onto his 168-pound title with a disputed draw against Lucian Bute

Who wins the battle of fragile psyches between Badou Jack and left-handed former titleholder Lucian Bute?

Lucian Bute and Badou Jack
Apr 29, 2016 / Jack vs Bute, Badou Jack, Lucian Bute

Badou Jack and Lucian Bute back on the winning track, ready to rumble in 168-pound title tilt

Badou Jack and Lucian Bute share an unpleasant commonality entering Saturday’s 168-pound championship clash: Each man is four fights removed from a devastating, almost career-derailing knockout loss.

Lucian Bute
Apr 27, 2016 / Jack vs Bute, Lucian Bute, Badou Jack

Former 168-pound champion Lucian Bute ready to regain his throne with win over Badou Jack

Lucian Bute dictated a toe-to-toe clash with switch-hitting, 168-pound rival James DeGale in November, often pursuing the Englishman to the ropes and pounding away at his head and body.

Fights

Fights

LOSS vs Eleider Alvarez 21-0-0

Feb 24, 2017 Centre Videotron, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

Eleider Alvarez WINS against Lucian Bute by TKO in Round 5 of 12

Draw vs Badou Jack

Apr 30, 2016 DC Armory, Washington, D.C.

Badou Jack DRAWS with Lucian Bute by MDR in Round 12 of 12

LOSS vs James DeGale 21-1-0

Nov 28, 2015 Centre Videotron, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

James DeGale WINS against Lucian Bute by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Andrea Di Luisa

Aug 15, 2015 Bell Centre, Montreal

Lucian Bute WINS against Andrea Di Luisa by TKO in Round 4 of 10

LOSS vs Jean Pascal 28-2-1

Jan 18, 2014 Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Jean Pascal WINS against Lucian Bute by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Denis Grachev 12-0-1

Nov 03, 2012 Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Lucian Bute WINS against Denis Grachev by UD in Round 12 of 12

Loss vs Carl Froch 28-2-0

May 26, 2012 Nottingham Arena, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom

Lucian Bute LOSES to Carl Froch by TKO in Round 5 of 12

Win vs Glen Johnson 51-15-2

Nov 05, 2011 Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

Lucian Bute WINS against Glen Johnson by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Jean-Paul Mendy 29-0-1

Jul 09, 2011 Romexpo, Bucharest, Romania

Lucian Bute WINS against Jean-Paul Mendy by KO in Round 4 of 12

Win vs Brian Magee 34-3-1

Mar 19, 2011 Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Lucian Bute WINS against Brian Magee by TKO in Round 10 of 12

Win vs Jesse Brinkley 35-5-0

Oct 15, 2010 Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Lucian Bute WINS against Jesse Brinkley by KO in Round 9 of 12

Win vs Edison Miranda 33-4-0

Apr 17, 2010 Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Lucian Bute WINS against Edison Miranda by TKO in Round 3 of 12

Win vs Librado Andrade 28-2-0

Nov 28, 2009 Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

Lucian Bute WINS against Librado Andrade by KO in Round 4 of 12

Win vs Fulgencio Zuniga 22-3-1

Mar 13, 2009 Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Lucian Bute WINS against Fulgencio Zuniga by TKO in Round 4 of 12

Win vs Librado Andrade 27-1-0

Oct 24, 2008 Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Lucian Bute WINS against Librado Andrade by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs William Joppy 39-4-1

Feb 29, 2008 Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Lucian Bute WINS against William Joppy by TKO in Round 10 of 12

WIN vs Alejandro Berrio 26-4-0

Oct 19, 2007 Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Alejandro Berrio LOSES to Lucian Bute by TKO in Round 11 of 12

Win vs Sergey Tatevosyan 26-6-0

Jan 26, 2007 Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Lucian Bute WINS against Sergey Tatevosyan by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs James Obede Toney 21-1-1

Sep 15, 2006 Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Lucian Bute WINS against James Obede Toney by TKO in Round 8 of 12

Win vs Lolenga Mock 25-9-1

May 16, 2006 Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Lucian Bute WINS against Lolenga Mock by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Andre Thysse 19-5-0

Mar 24, 2006 Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Lucian Bute WINS against Andre Thysse by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Donnell Wiggins 24-6-2

Dec 02, 2005 Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Lucian Bute WINS against Donnell Wiggins by KO in Round 2 of 12

Win vs Kabary Salem 23-4-0

Sep 16, 2005 Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Lucian Bute WINS against Kabary Salem by TKO in Round 8 of 12

Win vs Jose Spearman 23-8-3

Jun 03, 2005 Maurice Richard Arena, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Lucian Bute WINS against Jose Spearman by KO in Round 8 of 12

Win vs Donny McCrary 9-1-1

Apr 21, 2005 Galati, Romania

Lucian Bute WINS against Donny McCrary by KO in Round 4 of 12

Win vs Christian Cruz 9-1-1

Mar 18, 2005 Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Lucian Bute WINS against Christian Cruz by TKO in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Carl Handy 19-5-2

Feb 19, 2005 Pavillion de la Jeunesse, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

Lucian Bute WINS against Carl Handy by TKO in Round 4 of 12

Win vs Dingaan Thobela 40-12-2

Dec 03, 2004 Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Lucian Bute WINS against Dingaan Thobela by TKO in Round 4 of 8

Win vs Norman Johnson 4-12-1

Nov 11, 2004 The Roxy, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Lucian Bute WINS against Norman Johnson by TKO in Round 2 of 6

Win vs Willard Lewis 17-12-3

Oct 30, 2004 Le Medley, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Lucian Bute WINS against Willard Lewis by TKO in Round 3 of 8

Win vs Rico Cason 16-12-0

Oct 16, 2004 Club Ovation, Boynton Beach, Florida, USA

Lucian Bute WINS against Rico Cason by TKO in Round 2 of 6

Win vs Tyler Hughes 21-17-1

Jul 24, 2004 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA

Lucian Bute WINS against Tyler Hughes by TKO in Round 3 of 6

Win vs Zane Marks 1-1-0

Apr 24, 2004 Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

Lucian Bute WINS against Zane Marks by TKO in Round 1 of 4

Win vs Jean Pascal Service 0-0-0

Mar 20, 2004 Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Lucian Bute WINS against Jean Pascal Service by KO in Round 1 of 4

Win vs Darin Johnson 2-2-0

Dec 20, 2003 Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Lucian Bute WINS against Darin Johnson by TKO in Round 1 of 4

Win vs Robert Muhammad 7-28-1

Nov 22, 2003 Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Lucian Bute WINS against Robert Muhammad by TKO in Round 3 of 4

Stats

Lucian Bute “Le Tombeur”

  • WINS 32
  • LOSSES 5
  • DRAWS 0
  • KOs 25

Weight 168 lbs (76.36 kg)

Height 6'" (1.87 m)

Reach 72" (183 cm)

  • Born

    February 28, 1980
  • Age

    37
  • Country

    Romania
  • Born in

    Pechea
  • Trains in

    Laval, Quebec
  • Stance

    Southpaw
  • Rounds Boxed

    255
  • KO Percentage

    68%
  • Boxing Hero

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Bio

Bio

Lucian Bute hails from Dracula’s homeland of Romania, and the former world champion conjures nightmares of his own with ferocious body punching, fast hands and a wicked uppercut. After relocating to Montreal to begin his pro career, Bute stormed his way to a 168-pound world title and defended it nine times before being dethroned. Now, he’s out to reclaim what was once his.

Lucian Bute
Lucian Bute won a 168-pound world title in October 2007 and successfully defended it nine times as he went 30-0 to begin his career.

Walking tall

After fighting for the Romanian national team as an amateur, winning multiple titles in both his homeland and abroad, Bute relocated to Montreal, where he made his pro debut in November 2003 with a third-round TKO of Robert Muhammad.

Measuring in at 6 feet 2 inches, Bute has often been taller than his opponents, which tends to play directly into his game plan.

“I use my reach advantage and keep my opponent at a distance,” he said in a 2007 interview with boxing website FightFans.com. “I like to believe that I am an intelligent fighter and I try not to get hit. I believe that I am a spectacular and clean boxer.”

Underscoring his words, Bute’s career got off to a scintillating start. He stopped his first 15 opponents before Andre Thysse finally took the southpaw the distance in March 2006, even though Bute won every round in earning a unanimous decision.

A little more than a year later, Bute would defeat former The Contender winner Sakio Bika, setting up a title fight with Alejandro Berrio in Montreal in October 2007.

Bute stopped Berrio in the 11th round with a barrage of shots to the head, becoming just the third Romanian fighter to win a world championship.

Lucian Bute and Jean-Paul Mendy
Lucian Bute lands a left hand during his win over Jean-Paul Mendy in a 168-pound title fight in Bucharest, Romania, on July 9, 2011.

A long reign as the champ

After defeating former 160-pound champ William Joppy in his first title defense in February 2008, Bute took on Librado Andrade, who possessed one of the most durable chins in the sport.

Bute dominated throughout the fight, but Andrade scored a dramatic knockdown with seconds left to go in the 12th round, although Bute would hang on to win a unanimous decision.

This set up a November 2009 rematch in which Bute answered any lingering questions from the first fight by thoroughly outboxing Andrade before gaining a fourth-round KO.

From there, Bute would continue to pile up the title defenses, stopping Edison Miranda in three rounds in April 2010, knocking out Jean-Paul Mendy in Round 4 in July 2011 and winning a decision over former 175-pound titlist Glen Johnson in November 2011.

Along the way, Bute became a star attraction in the boxing hotbed of Montreal, regularly packing the city’s Bell Centre.

Lucian Bute and Carl Froch
Lucian Bute scores with the right hand against Carl Froch during their 168-pound title fight in Nottingham, England, on May 26, 2012.

First taste of defeat

After successfully defending his world title nine times, Bute traveled to Nottingham, England, in May 2012 to face British bruiser Carl Froch in what was the biggest fight of his career up to that point.

It would be the hometown fighter’s night, however, as Froch hammered his way to a decisive fifth-round TKO.

Following his first career loss, Bute moved up to 175 pounds to take on Denis Grachev in November 2012 in Montreal, where he won a tight unanimous decision.

After being sidelined with an injury to his left hand, Bute would then challenge fellow Montreal favorite Jean Pascal in the biggest fight ever between two local fighters, drawing more than 20,000 fans to the Bell Centre in January 2014.

Bute got off to a slow start, but he built some momentum for himself in the second half of the bout. It wasn’t enough, however, as Pascal won a unanimous decision.